Hello everyone! I’ve migrated this site over to WordPress…well, “migrated” is not the right word, more like “recreated”, but I’m hopeful this will be a good change. It’s already SO much more customizable, and you know as a designer and as someone who’s particular about how things look, I’m ALL about customizable!
I’ve imported all my old posts from my art blog on Blogger, although I couldn’t bring over the ones from my old Weebly site. No big loss. And I’ll be posting more here as I shift my focus over to the art business in the new year!
See you guys again soon! Keeping this post short for today, but I’ll be back!
Yes, I might have just lost my tiny little mind…because I agreed to do an art festival next Saturday. And yes, my son is only just about to be 7 months old this week. Yeah…I might be crazy.
|Back on the show train…|
…which means it pretty much takes place during his naps. 😛 Fortunately those are still pretty frequent (he’s taking one right now in his stroller! The excitement of walking around and Mom taking pictures of palo verde knocked him out). I got to make a couple new pieces for this show (the show organizer mentioned liking my painted boxes, so I made some more of those), but not as many as I normally would have back in the old days B.B. (before baby). I’m sure this will change again in a couple years A.P. (after preschool).
|Rainbow mandala box|
|red “double happiness” box|
I am gradually coming to terms with the fact that my productivity, art-wise, will just be low for a while. And that’s okay. Of course, if I get commissions I will still fulfill them in a good amount of time, but in terms of just day-to-day doing art stuff…yeah, I won’t be setting any “do two paintings or more a month! Paint a stone a day!” type goals for a long time.
Except for that magical time called Babysitting Day. And then I can do anything for a few hours!
|These will be coming to Etsy one day…as soon as I get enough time to take pictures of these skull necklaces on some other surface than my desk…|
People make it sound so easy. “Oh, it must be nice to be able to work from home, so that you can take care of your baby!” I mean, it is, and even I thought it would be easy before I actually had to do it. But as it turns out, babies need a lot of attention. Duh. Gigantic understatement. 😛
You know what’s saved my life on numerous occasions?
|Ack, I just realized in this picture it’s on the precipice of the futon. It’s not usually that precarious, I swear!|
- the special anti-colic Dr. Brown’s bottles. I don’t know why, but Stephen was just not able to eat out of these. And there were too many darn little parts.
- all the breastfeeding accouterments I got (pump; nursing bras; the bra maxi pad things to, y’know, prevent leakage; nipple creams; etc). Well okay, they worked, but I ended up not needing them since I couldn’t breastfeed. That really is a whole other post for a whole other time, since I have a lot of thoughts on this subject…well, at least I got some new, well-fitting bras out of the deal!
- not one but TWO giant bottles of hand sanitizer. Since they were so stringent about germs in the NICU (and for good reason!), I had thought I would be the hand sanitizer nazi when we got him home too. That lasted about three days.
- the eco-friendly Seventh Generation diapers. I got some of these, but they smell weird (before being used, even!), and it’s turned out to be way more economical to just get the Costco store brand. Wipes: ditto.
- any sort of fancy soy or anti-colic formula. Costco brand once again, baby! Costs half as much, and apparently tastes just as good, I wouldn’t know.
- bibs…maybe just because he isn’t on solid foods yet, but I haven’t needed ’em yet.
- a fancy baby-food-making blender. Again, he’s not on solids yet, but I have resisted the urge to go get a Nutribullet solely for baby food purposes.
You know, to stay on the ostensible topic of this blog, I should do these lists for art supplies…god knows I’ve bought some useless (or absurdly single-purpose) art gadgets in my time, and also some really cool useful ones that I ended up using over and over again. That’s a whooooole ‘nother post, though.
One of the things I forgot to mention during my late-pregnancy scramble last year: I joined another print site! It’s Boom Boom Prints, and here is my store on there. It’s more geared towards families and kids, so in addition to t-shirts, shower curtains, tote bags, etc. like on Society6, they also have onesies, maternity t-shirts, lunch bags…they even have dog clothing.
|You can get a purple cow onesie! Isn’t that kind of the thing that’s always been missing from your life?|
Here’s an example:
|It’s not a hint, really it’s not!|
When my husband and I were on our honeymoon, we were on a huge cruise ship (yeah, can’t afford to do that anymore, and wouldn’t want to with a baby!). It almost literally had everything. There was a bowling alley, a casino, tons of bars, pools, restaurants, an Irish pub, a theatre that showed Blue Man Group, a comedy club, an ice bar…and an art gallery.
|And some HUGE chandeliers.|
|images from Park West Gallery|
|Image from ArtBrokerage.com|